> Harumph. As an artificial intelligence researcher, I don't think >> robots are any closer to humanlike consciousness than they were 50 >> years ago. > I think what you're classifying as robots are more expert systems.
Yes, real robots are even farther from humanlike mental activity than the examples I gave.
Shar>> A report out of the U.K. contends that in about 50 years, robots will >> be given the same rights as humans and even will be expected to vote >> and pay taxes. > Go back 50 years and look at some of the absurb stuff predicted about > computers (then known as "electronic brains") then never came to pass > nor ever will.
And the things that *weren't* predicted, such as word processing, or CPUs in wristwatches!